The First Husband by Laura Dave

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A savvy, page-turning novel about a woman torn between her husband and the man she thought she'd marry.

Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles. But when Nick comes home from a meeting with his therapist (aka "futures counselor") and announces that he's taking a break from their relationship so he can pursue a woman from his past, the place Annie had come to call home is shattered. Reeling, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin-a grounded, charming chef who seems to be everything Annie didn't know she was looking for. Within three months, Griffin is Annie's husband and Annie finds herself trying to restart her life in rural Massachusetts.

A wry observer of modern love, Laura Dave "steers clear of easy answers to explore the romantic choices we make" (USA Today). Her third novel is packed with humor, empathy, and psychological insight about the power of love and home.


About Laura Dave

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LAURA DAVE is a New York City native who now lives in Los Angeles. She contributes to Glamour, Self, The Washington Post, and NPR's All Things Considered. This is her third novel.
Published May 12, 2011 by Penguin Books. 260 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They marry in a Vegas chapel on their way across the country to Griffin’s western Massachusetts hometown, where he is about to open his own restaurant—Annie’s job with a New York paper also allows her to live anywhere.

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Dave (The Divorce Party) delivers an eager to please novel in this story of travel writer Annabelle Adams, whose world is turned upside down when Nick, her boyfriend of five years, leaves her.

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In "The First Husband," author Laura Dave explores living a comfortable life versus living your true, authentic life.

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USA Today

Annie, who traverses the world penning her syndicated travel column, returns home to find herself suddenly single when Nick dumps her for a past love.

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Spinetingler Magazine

The premise of the tale is simple: a man – blue-blooded, middle-aged, successful – happens across a set of Polaroids of his wife and her first husband luxuriating in beautiful Key West and becomes obsessed with the man, as well as with the young, vibrant woman he can now never possess.

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